Oct 06
Fall Updates

​Sunalta School is your neighbourhood community school of approximately 300 students and 25 staff. We've had an exceptional start to our year with positive energy, a growth mindset, and caring opportunities for our school to nurture a sense of belonging within an exceptional learning environment.  A warm welcome to our 50 bright and eager kindergarten students and their families. Thanks and gratitude needs to be shared with the neighbourhood families that dug out trees and trimmed all of the shrubbery in our naturalization area, including the labyrinth and amphitheatre. What a gift to return to school with teachers able to bring students to the outdoor classroom. Our annual Terry Fox day was a success as we ventured out into the community for an 'adventure run'. We hope some of you were able to see our students running past your home in honour of Terry Fox and fundraising for cancer research. Many students dedicated their run to someone close to them or to Terry Fox. For the week of September 27, our school will be taking part in discussions and activities to learn more about Truth and Reconciliation. Land-based learning through an environmental focus will be our school intention for this year. We would like to thank Ron Goodfellow, a steward at Shagannapi Park, for sharing the community plan for the area known as a riparian. Our staff learned about the reclamation of the land and the work that has been done to preserve and enhance this natural area. Students love walking over to the riparian and taking time to observe, sketch, discuss, and honour this beautiful space. We love to connect with our community members and are delighted to receive comments and/or suggestions. If you are interested in contacting the school, please email us at sunalta@cbe.ab.ca. ​

Aug 20
Back to School Fall 2021

No one could have imagined how our 2020-2021 school year was going to unfold. The never-ending flexibility of our staff to embrace new protocols and safety measures, the ability of our students to adapt and preserve through the challenging pivots from in-person to online learning, and the tireless work of our support and cleaning staff in keeping our school safe, are only a few of the silver linings the Sunalta School community experienced through this challenging global pandemic. As a collective we have a greater appreciation for our historic building at the top of the hill. We love Sunalta School!

Although the school year began with so many unknowns, our students and staff were thrilled to be back in-person. The challenges that we all faced together brought us renewed appreciation for our wonderful community of learners. Practicing mindfulness was an school-wide strategy used to support understanding ourselves as learners and how to take care of each other during these unprecedented times. Taking mask breaks outside enabled teachers to leverage the beautiful outdoor spaces surrounding our school. Discovering the Riparian at Shagannapi and learning about the history of the Sunalta/Scarborough Community added to student and staff appreciation of Calgary's history and the importance of caring for our special city and community.

Communication between the school and homes became more vital than ever before and an opportunity to work together to support student achievement was essential. Out of necessity, we discovered new opportunities to improve our digital citizenship skills. Families and staff were required to learn online platforms with new tools and ways of sharing and celebrating learning with families. An extra special thank-you goes to our school council who went above and beyond in providing supports in unique and creative ways.

It is with much gratitude that we offer this reflection. We deeply appreciate the support of everyone who came together to ensure that Sunalta School continued to be a safe, caring and welcoming place to learn and grow. We are excited to welcome everyone back for the 2021-2022 school year.

With Sincere Appreciation,

Christine McCrory & Larysa Hart (Administrators)​

Mar 21
Celebrate Spring!

Sunalta School celebrates Spring! Students at Sunalta are delighted to be celebrating the signs and symbols of spring that are popping up all over. Classes have been experiencing the change of the season with many holistic learning opportunities such as observing and sketching at Shagannapi Park, building bee boxes, having virtual lessons with science professors and ecologists, and taking time to be more aware of their surroundings. Some of our students have been learning about Indigenous land-based learning and the gifts of Na'a (Mother Earth) with renewal and interconnections between nature and what it means to be stewards of the earth. Once a month a classroom cohort of students creates a special presentation to be viewed through a virtual assembly. Although we are not able to come together in person, we have been celebrating learning through music, student's sharing stories, art gallery walks, guided drawings, dance contests and other ways to bring joy and a sense of belonging. We also want to thank school council and society for all of the support in new library books, laptops, PE Equipment, an orienteering residency, t-shirts for every student, and school spirit gifts!

We are accepting registrations for the fall 2021 school year. Please feel free to contact our school if you have questions about Sunalta! It's a wonderful place to learn and grow. Also, we regularly post updates on our website. ​

Jan 10
January 2021 Welcome Back!

Happy New Year from Sunalta School! I hope everyone is well and had a healthy and relaxing holiday. I have had positive feedback from our staff and students regarding our online learning week. Looking ahead we are excited to welcome our students back to in-person learning on Monday, January 11.

You would have received a message from CBE today reminding everyone of our on-going Healthy and Safety Measures as well as completing the Daily Health Checklist link. Thank you for caring about our school community and keeping all of us safe.

Reminder: Kindergarten registration begins on Monday. It will be an electronic process this year. If you have a child ready to begin Kindergarten, please follow our registration process on the CBE website www.cbe.ab.ca

Dec 18
Happy New Year!

Dear Sunalta Students and Families

Our staff and I want to wish all of you a safe and healthy holiday. We hope you enjoy some special moments over the break along with a well-deserved dose of rest, relaxation, and joy. Our school community has worked together to keep our spirits up through care and strength for one another. Make sure to take time to snuggle up with a great book or two and share the gift of literacy! We look forward to seeing you in 2021.

Assistant Principal News! It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Ms. Larysa Hart to the position of Assistant Principal (AP) effective January 25, 2021. Larysa Hart is currently a teacher and Learning Leader at Griffith Woods. Last year she served as a Literacy Strategist in Area 1. She brings with her a portfolio of diverse experiences within the CBE, including inclusivity, early learning, literacy, and assessment.  Her passion for student-centered learning makes her an excellent addition to the Sunalta leadership team. Please join me in offering a warm welcome to Ms. Hart.

Thanks and Gratitude: There are so many people to thank for assisting in making our school an exceptional place to learn and grow!

A big thank you to:

  • Andrea and Marty for 20 ukulele tuners
  • Stacey, Renee and friends for the Holiday Gift bags/fun antlers
  • Cindy for organizing and delivering 40 stuffed socks for Warm Feet for the Street to the Mustard Seed
  • Amber for the snow shoes pick up!
  • Dana for coordinating the Kudos cards

Snow shoes!: Thank you to School Council and Society for 25 brand new pairs of snow shoes! Our students will be enjoying these in January on the school grounds and perhaps at one of our neighbouring parks!

Farewell: We want to wish our 5 amazing University Lethbridge student teachers all the best in their future career. They were a true asset to our school and we will miss them.

First Week Back: A reminder there is no school on January 4 (PD Day) and online learning will commence January 5, 2021. You will receive a message from your child(ren)’s teacher regarding the timetable and other important information. Hub online learning will also begin again on January 5.

Warm Feet Message:

Total dollars raised from both the grade 5 & 6 classes is $285.00! The Grade 5 students were able to give 42 packages of masks (3/package) and the grade 6 class, was able to purchase 42 pairs of wool socks for clients of the Mustard Seed. Thank you so much to the students who stuffed with care and to the parents who donated, to a beloved campaign of ours, sending their kids in with lip balm, Kleenex, first aid kits & ear plugs. - Cindy​​

Take care of yourselves!

Christine McCrory


Dec 04
December at Sunalta!

Dear Sunalta Families:

We hope you are enjoying the lovely weather with some outside time as well as staying safe and well. As we flip our calendar to December, our staff are excited to find ways to engage our school in some community building activities and holiday spirit. We kicked off the fun with a Google Meet school-wide narrative read by our office staff, Mrs. McCrory, Ms. Vieweger, and Ms. Kennedy. On Thursday Room 10 (Ms Harnett) led 'Wear a Christmas Hat' day and there were some creative headwear and lots of giggles! Some hats even danced and had sparkling lights!

In other news, our yearly school development plan and school results have been posted to our website. We are proud to be a high-achieving school with strong student leadership and positive relationships. Our staff are continuing to discuss, develop a whole school approach to build student capacity in their understanding of their emotions and how to utilize self-regulation skills. In these challenging times, we want to support our students to continue to develop their own flexibility, their ability to manage their own energy and adapt to be able to deal with stress.

To bring the feeling of joyfulness and celebration our students have organized some school spirit events. A description of the day will be posted on your child(ren)'s online classroom.  Make sure to mark them on your calendar and have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday Dec 8 Crazy Hair Day

Wednesday Dec 9 Backwards Day

Thursday Dec 10 Candy Cane Day

Friday Dec 11 Dress like your favourite 'Misfit' toy

Monday Dec 14 Pajama Day and Jokes

Tuesday Dec 15 The Twelve Days of Christmas

Wednesday Dec 16 Holiday Pictionary

Thursday Dec 17 Christmas Sweater Day

Friday Dec 18 Jersey Day​

Nov 03
Principal Message November 3, 2020

It has been a warmer week, and our Sunalta students and staff shine inside and out. Their happiness and joy have brought out the best in all of us. Sunalta has a lovely school community that prides itself in being safe and caring, welcoming and inclusive. A guest teacher shared with me, “This school has such a warm and calming feel to it. The students are so respectful of each other and the staff." Our 10 new student-created murals are on the school fence outside. They signify how we stayed together and remembered to think of our friends through creativity and art. With the artistic direction of Ms. Vania D and a grant through the Calgary Neighborhood Grant, the children of Sunalta and Scarboro area truly brought our community together in remembrance of the time during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are looking for ways to continue our student leadership opportunities through virtual assemblies and sharing the importance of staying safe and following safety guidelines. This week the students have thoroughly enjoyed the introduction of our new piece of phys ed equipment known as the Gaga Ball pit. Lots of laughter and excitement has been heard throughout the halls and in the gym! What a gift to the school.

School Council: Thank you to Mr. Masuch, Mrs. Harnett, and Mr. Castle (the Quatre-Cinq teachers) for sharing at our meeting in October. It is always inspiring to share our school focus and listen to parents share their ideas and commitment to ensuring students have an exceptional experience at Sunalta school.

Sunalta School Parents Society's annual direct donation campaign is underway! Please visit our new website at www.sunaltaparentssociety.com. If you have any questions about where donations go there is an online budget there, or email us at: sunaltadirectdonations@gmail.com This year much of the focus is on residencies, technology, supplementary teaching materials, and COVID friendly activities.

Terry Fox Run: We are proud of our school community for their commitment to the Terry Fox Run. Our final total raised for cancer research was $1100.00​

Sep 04
Sunalta updates for September 7-11

Dear Sunalta Students and Parents,

It was a successful re-entry week at Sunalta School for our in-person students. We are so happy to have your child(ren) back with us! Thank you for completing the self-screening assessment with your child before sending them to school every day.

Each week we will send you updates and information to keep you informed about our exciting school plans.

Daily Soft Entry – From 8:30am-8:40am your child(ren) can enter their designated door with their mask on and go directly to their classroom. Instruction begins promptly at 8:40am. Division 1 students use the front door (closest to the street) and Division 2 students use the compound door (closest to the playground). Out-of-school care students will be escorted to their classroom. Please do not drop your children off in the staff parking lot. We dismiss at 3:21pm Monday-Thursday and 12:21pm on Fridays.

Lunchroom – we have a private lunchroom program that is also our out-of-school care. The letter and enrollment forms are on our Back to School Sunalta page. Lunchroom begins on Monday. If your child(ren) are going home for lunch please let the office know sunalta@cbe.ab.ca


  • Demographic paper copy went home today. Please make changes and return. It is important that you provide us with a minimum of two phone numbers that we can always contact.

Hub/Staffing: Staffing for the 2020-2021 year is still in progress. We will be able to provide you with more information by the end of next week at the very latest. Thank you for your understanding. There was a strong interest in the Hub online learning and we are being flexible in considering how to support all Sunalta students.

Have a wonderful long weekend and we look forward to seeing our students again very soon!​

Aug 31
Welcome Back!

Looking forward to seeing you!


August 31, 2020

Dear Sunalta Families,

We want to sincerely thank you for your steadfast belief in Sunalta School. We are working diligently to prepare for welcoming your children to the new school season! Things may look different this year but one thing remains the same, our commitment to the education, health and safety of your children.

We know building relationships is a fundamental piece of school.  Please be aware that classes and school configuration are still going to need time to be finalized. Staffing updates will be shared once confirmed due to the Hub process and system shifts, therefor we thank you for your patience and compassion.

Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, September 1st please be reminded that we have staggered entry this week with the exception of Friday September 4, 2020.  Friday September 4, 2020 ALL students will attend 8:40 – 11:30.

  • Students grades 1 through 6 with last names starting with A – K will be attending school from 8:40 – 11:30.
  • Students with last names starting with L- Z will be attending school from 12:30 – 3:20.
  • A gentle reminder that parents who come onto school grounds will be expected to wear a mask, model physical distancing and say goodbye to your child outside before they enter the school. 


  • Tuesday, September 1st, only children whose last name begins with A to G
  • Wednesday, September 2nd, only children whose last name begins with H to M
  • Thursday, September 3rd, only children whose last name begins with O to Z
  • Friday, September 4th, ALL children from the AM kindergarten class attend school. 


  • Division 1 (Kindergarten and Grades 1 – 3) will be meeting on the front compound of the school, south doors.  Please meet at your grade number.


  • Division 2 (Grades 4 – 6) will be meeting on the back compound of the school, north doors.  Please meet at your grade number.


Please wear a (labeled) mask. Students will be given 2 cloth masks tomorrow provided by the Alberta government. Masks will be worn inside of the school.  Please provide a labeled Ziploc bag for your child's mask.

We are asking that families start the first day back to classes with our new procedures. It is necessary that students be assessed using the self-screening form daily before school. This is not to be sent. The following link will allow you to download the most current Alberta Health daily checklist. Please print a copy of the Screening Questionaire. Students showing symptoms as described on the screening questionnaire must remain home.

Our new safety and hygiene protocols are important and we will make every effort to keep everyone in our school safe and well. We encourage families to read both the CBE re-entry document found on the front page of the CBE website as well as our Sunalta re-entry planning document that was shared on Friday, August 28th and located on our website.

Please bring a labeled water bottle that must go home each day as well as a snack, backpack and indoor shoes. Please do not bring any personal items such as toys. 

Thank you for your support and willingness to work with us through these unprecedented times.  We are so excited to see you all! We have missed your children and are looking forward to welcoming them back to Sunalta School.


Sunalta Staff

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Sunalta School

536 Sonora Ave SW Calgary, AB T3C 2J9     403-777-8590

Aug 27
Welcome Back! Staggered Entry Sept 1-4, 2020


Dear Sunalta Families,

We look forward to welcoming our school community to the 2020-2021 school year. You should have received a message from CBE with updates and videos regarding back to school. As we complete our final stages of the Sunalta Re-Entry plan with our staff, our intention is to send you a school-specific process on Friday, August 28.

To assist in adjusting to new safety rules, practices and procedures, our school will welcome students back on a staggered schedule. The purpose of the schedule is:

  • To ease the transition of students into school,
  • To spend time with smaller groups familiarizing them with our school health measures,
  • To facilitate physical distancing while teaching the protocols of our health measures, and
  • To support student and staff well being as successfully begin our 2020-2021 school year.

We are sharing the schedule with you now to aid in the planning that all families engage in as the start of the school year approaches. 

Staggered Entry:

Tuesday Sept.1st  

     8:40am-11:30am grades 1-6 students with last names A-K

     12:30pm-3:20pm grades 1-6 with last names L-Z   

Signs will be posted with your child's grade level as a meeting place (socially distancing) in the morning and at the end of the day. ie: Grade 1 student would go to the sign with the number 1

Wednesday Sept.2nd

     8:40am-11:30am grades 1-6 students with last names A-K

     12:30pm-3:20pm grades 1-6 with last names L-Z 

Signs will be posted with your child's grade level as a meeting place (socially distancing) in the morning and at the end of the day. ie: Grade 1 student would go to the sign with the number 1

Thursday Sept. 3rd

     8:40am-11:30am grades 1-6 students with last names A-K

    12:30pm-3:20pm grades 1-6 with last names L-Z 

Signs will be posted with your child's grade level as a meeting place (socially distancing) in the morning and at the end of the day. ie: Grade 1 student would go to the sign with the number 1

 Friday Sept 4th

All grade 1-6 8:40am – 11:30 am  

Signs will be posted with your child's grade level as a meeting place (socially distancing) in the morning and at the end of the day. ie: Grade 1 student would go to the sign with the number 1

Process for entering and exiting the building to meet families or attend out-of-school care will be shared this Friday.

For Kindergarten students:

Morning and afternoon times will be the same as above.

Tuesday Sep 1 Morning class Kindergarten last name A-G 8:40-11:30am

Tuesday Sep 1 Afternoon class Kindergarten last name A-G 12:30-3:20pm

Wednesday Sep 2 Morning class Kindergarten last name H-N 8:40-11:30am

Thursday Sep 2 Afternoon class Kindergarten last name H-N 12:30pm-3:20pm

Thursday Sep 3 Morning class kindergarten last name O-Z 8:40-11:30am

Thursday Sep 3 Afternoon class Kindergarten  last name O-Z  12:30-3:20pm

Friday Sep 4 All Morning Kindergarten students come 8:40-11:30am

Note: there will not be an afternoon Kindergarten class on Friday as they will rotate on a weekly basis due to early dismissal Fridays.

Parking: is limited. Please do not use the school parking lot as it is designated for staff only



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